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VERTICAL GARDEN MADRID

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Architects and civic engineers are improving the amount of green space found in urban areas. Rooftop gardens, smarter parks, and farmers’ markets are popping up everywhere. But is it enough? There’s always room for increased awareness when it comes to improving our cities. Check out this installation by one of our favorites, Luzinterruptus. Using 110 transparent food containers filled with local leaves, branches and lights he creates a vertical ‘garden’ on the streets of Madrid. Click Read More for additional information and photos.

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Featured in: ART + CULTURE / Categories: art & design, innovations

AN UNPLANNED EXPERIMENT

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Written by Elsa Brown: Over twenty architects, designers, filmmakers and artists have come together for the show Unplanned: Research and Experiments on the Urban Scale, presented by SUPERFRONT LA, and opening tomorrow, March 25, at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, CA. The interdisciplinary exhibition presents “a collection of radical methods for envisioning and producing space at the urban scale.”

The collection of work raises and addresses questions like: What will urban planning for the global population look like as urbanism increases worldwide? How does the current economy effect urban architecture? What is the meeting point of architecture and urban planning, two fields that have taken opposing approaches to convention over the past decade (with architecture favoring experimentation over its counterpart)? Featured work spans the disciplines of architecture, urban design, industrial design, conceptual art and cartography, and includes everything from physical models to consumer products to animations to live films. The show runs through July 2010.

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Featured in: ART + CULTURE / Categories: architecture

CARS, CULTURE & THE CITY

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Written by Elsa Brown: New York City isn’t the first place we think of when we consider American Car Culture. And while it’s no Detroit or LA, New York has played a key role in the development of auto culture and its industry in the US. This history will be on display at the exhibition Cars, Culture and the City, opening tomorrow, March 25, at the Museum of the City of New York. The show will include rare drawings, plans and models, old photographs, films, advertisements and other auto-related memorabilia.

The exhibition is the first of its kind, “document[ing] New York’s role in the promotion, marketing, and proliferation of the automobile as well as its transformative effect on the city and, ultimately, the country.” The event schedule includes film screenings, gallery tours and a family workshop taking place in March and April. The show runs through August 8.

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Featured in: ART + CULTURE / Categories: transport

MEGAWORDS MAGAZINE

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PRINTED MATTER EXHIBIT.

Last Friday’s trip to NYC kicked off a fantastic weekend. The unseasonably warm evening played host to a new exhibit at Printed Matter, one of the city’s best bookstores. Megawords Magazine partnered with the well known shop for a show entitled, Hi, We Made A Magazine for You. Good friends and great atmosphere blended seamlessly with the Magazine’s authentically inspiring ephemera which was layered on walls, stacked in piles and captured in glass displays. We’re long time fans of the publication and highly recommend visiting the exhibit if you’re in NYC.

As Megawords describes: “Our mission is simple: to document our surroundings, experience, to have a voice free from the noise of commercialization and competing novelties, and to create an open and active dialogue between Megawords and the community at large. We have self-published twelve free issues, broadcast a weekly internet radio show, and organized multiple events and performances under the banner of Megawords. With time came positive feedback from a diverse audience and a strong realization that this project had a profound impact.” Click Read More for additional information, photos and video.

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Featured in: ART + CULTURE / Categories: art & design, culture, photography

TRACKING TRANSCIENCE

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ART & CULTURE.

Written by Elsa Brown: On view now at SITE art space in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Hasan Elahi’s Tracking Transience is a painstaking study in self-surveillance. It is also a response to, and provocation of, the politics of privacy and government oversight. Elahi, a Bangladesh-born American, developed the piece after being falsely accused as a 9/11 terrorist accomplice in 2002. He documents every detail of his life in photos: meals before he eats them, toilets before he uses them, and monitors his location with a GPS tracker. The artist has said: “I’ve decided that if the government wants to monitor me that’s fine. But I could do a much better job monitoring myself than anyone else.”

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Featured in: ART + CULTURE / Categories: art & design

IMAGES FROM BERLIN

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PHOTOGRAPHY.

We’ve always admired Berlin’s clean lines and simple branding. From building marquees to traffic signs, they get it right. Many photographers attempt to capture the city’s quiet expression, but few evoke the feel of the city like Massju. We took one look at his photo set and instantly wanted to go to Berlin to witness it all. If only we had an address for the places photographed. At least we can check out these photos in the meantime. Click Read More to view a few samples from images of Berlin.

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Featured in: ART + CULTURE / Categories: art & design, photography

WALES' POST SECRET

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Written by Elsa Brown: Amidst a busy square in Cardiff, Wales, you can find a series of miniature worlds—if you know where to look. Artist Jane Edden designed diminutive tableaux that were recently installed in the tops of unassuming bollards, or traffic posts, that dot St. David’s shopping center. The permanent installation is called Post Secret, and was developed by Edden in collaboration with students from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. She photographed and sketched the students, then constructed the tiny, laser-cut scenes, which reside in secret until a curious visitor gazes in.

Edden: “Within the bollards are miniature constructions, created in a stylized monochrome form. Some of these environments seem to transcend the space that can be perceived to be within the bollards. This interplay with the interior and exterior space is designed to create the feeling of looking into another place or world.” Click Read More for additional information and photos.

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Featured in: ART + CULTURE / Categories: art & design

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